As promised, Honda Malaysia is previewing the 2016 Honda Civic at My Auto Fest 2016. The tenth-generation C-segment contender made its public debut here in Malaysia today, appearing in its local specification form.

The radically-styled fastback sedan is shown in top-spec Turbo guise, equipped with full-LED headlights, LED fog lights and 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels; it’s also clad in the new, dark silver hero colour called Lunar Silver Metallic, which we spotted on an undisguised car last weekend.

Unlike the Thai-market RS though, we won’t be getting a gloss black grille (chrome for us) or a full-width rear spoiler. No RS badging either – just a subtle VTEC Turbo emblem.


Inside, we can spot leather seats (with a carbon fibre pattern on the centre stripe), paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and the Honda Display Audio infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen. A peek through the heavily-tinted rear windows also revealed rear air-con vents, which are missing on Thai-market models.

Power comes from either a retuned 1.8 litre i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol making 141 PS at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, or a brand-new 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo mill that kicks out 173 PS at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. Both engines are mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The standard kit list is long, with even the base 1.8 litre variant getting Remote Engine Start and Walk Away Auto Lock – the former works at distances of up to 40 metres, while the latter automatically locks all doors when the driver walks away with the key beyond 2.5 metres from the car. An electronic parking brake, a brake hold function and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are also standard across the range.

Also commendable is the standard safety kit on offer, with all variants getting six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (VSA) and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors. There’s no hint of the Honda LaneWatch feature – found on the Thai-spec RS – being available, however, even on this range-topping car.

The new FC Civic is now open for booking, and will be launched in the second quarter of this year, which means it will be here very soon. In the meantime, you can read our full review and check out a new vs old gallery with the outgoing ninth-gen FB.